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Patrice Altongy
Managing Director
Head of Debt Capital Markets, Americas, HSBC Global Banking

Patrice is the Head of Debt Capital Markets for Americas at HSBC, where she is responsible for its public and private fixed income origination, syndicate, ESG bonds, and liability management for the US, Canada, and Latin America. Patrice’s leadership supports the continued growth of HSBC’s market-leading, global DCM platform across corporate, financial institution and public sector client bases. Patrice advises some of the largest global corporate borrowers on developing annual financing plans across multiple international markets, and provides advice and execution expertise on raising and structuring debt in the global capital markets. In addition to working US$ issuance, Patrice has also represented clients on a variety of capital raising transactions outside of the United States including Argentine Peso, Australian Dollar, Euros, Hong Kong Dollar, Mexican Peso, Renminbi, Romanian Leu, South African Rand, Sterling, and Yen transactions.

She joined HSBC in September 2021 following a 20-year career at Citi where she held a number of increasing senior roles, including Co-Head of Investment Grade Capital Markets, North America and Co-Head of Financial Institutions Capital Markets, North America. Patrice has proven and extensive experience in originating and executing landmark deals across multiple industries and product areas including acquisition finance, ESG, hybrid securities, investment grade and high yield bonds, structured notes, liability management and derivative transactions. Within her experience, Patrice personally led over thirty inaugural senior debt underwritings, chosen as the banker most critical to develop strategy and approach for successful long-term market positioning. Patrice is highly involved in the HSBC’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and was the inaugural winner of the Judge’s Choice Award from Treasury Today with Toyota for her work on a Diversity & Inclusion Bond Platform in 2016.

Patrice earned a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.

Andy Bose
Head of Ecosystems and Data Partnerships, Xpansiv

Andy is a product and markets development professional with a background in application of technology solutions to solve emerging business challenges in diverse markets as well as deployment of new market mechanisms to scale emerging markets.

Andy is currently SVP for Market Development and Policy at Xpansiv, the world’s premier provider of environmental markets infrastructure.   Andy works with market participants, stakeholders and regulators to identify how environmental markets will evolve and to assure proper development of the structures – such as benchmarks –  needed to scale these markets.

Andy’s experiences include Chief Product Officer at S&P Global’s Commodities division, as well as senior regulatory implementation roles at S&P Ratings and product innovation at S&P’s Market Intelligence group.  These roles led to innovations such as the commercial deployment of blockchain technology or the construction of auto-data-linking products.

In addition, Andy has been involved in regulatory implementations in the credit ratings as well as commodity pricing markets, working in Washington, London, Brussels, Singapore and other market jurisdictions.

Andy spent his first 10 years in aerospace companies such as GE and Lockheed Martin, after completing undergraduate degree at Princeton University and an MBA at New York University.

Nathaniel Bullard
Senior Contributor, Bloomberg Green
Venture Partner, Voyager Ventures

Nathaniel (Nat) Bullard has spent nearly two decades analyzing climate, energy, transportation, and technology. He spent 15 years with BloombergNEF, most recently as its chief content officer, with roles in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. He is a senior contributor to Bloomberg Green, where he writes a weekly column for 250,000 subscribers. Nat is also venture partner at Voyager Ventures, an early-stage climate technology venture capital firm.

He received a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in International Policy (Energy track) and International Economics, and an AB magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Kimberly DeTrask
Treasurer and Executive Vice President, State Street

Kimberly DeTrask, CFA, is Treasurer and Executive Vice President of State Street. She has global responsibility for balance sheet management, the investment portfolio, capital management and the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) exercises, asset liability management, liquidity management, and liability management.

Previously, Kimberly held leadership roles in Finance and Treasury, in London and Boston. These included multiple regional and global CFO roles as well as being State Street’s Global Head of Capital Management. She was also a member of the Executive Management Board of State Street Bank International GmbH and had prescribed responsibilities within the UK’s Senior Managers Regime, responsible for all Treasury activities and the Global Credit Finance business.

Kimberly was a vice president in the Supervision, Regulation and Credit department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where she worked for 14 years, prior to joining State Street in 2013. She was a member of the Federal Reserve System’s oversight group responsible for supervising the largest, most complex financial institutions. She held leadership positions in the Supervisory Capital Assessment Program (the 2009 bank “stress test”) as well as the 2011 – 2013 CCAR exercises. Previously, Kimberly taught corporate finance at Boston College.

Kimberly holds a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Canisius College and an M.S. in finance from Boston College; she is also ABD Finance from Boston College. Kimberly is a CFA charterholder and serves on the Board of Trustees of Canisius College.

Mario Fernandez
Head of Catalyst, Breakthrough Energy

Mario is a senior energy transition executive with significant experience developing and investing in energy infrastructure projects.

Prior to Breakthrough Energy, Mario was with Chicora Energy, an energy transition investment platform he co-founded focused on Latin America. Before Chicora, Mario was with Macquarie Capital serving as a Managing Director and Head of Latin America Energy Principal Investments Origination. Prior to Macquarie, Mario was the CFO for Trafigura’s US$1 billion Colombia fluvial logistics project. Mario also worked for several international financial firms, including ING Capital and Syncora Guarantee.

Mario was a management consultant before obtaining his Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College. Over the course of his career, Mario has worked in different cities across the world, including New York, Geneva, Amsterdam and Bogotá.

Kelly Fisher
Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC

Kelly W. Fisher is the Head of Corporate Sustainability for HSBC Bank USA, appointed in 2015. In her role she has helped to expand HSBC’s leadership role in sustainable finance in the US, created a corporate philanthropy strategy tied to HSBC’s business expertise, and launched HSBC’s U.S. volunteer program “Involve” which increased volunteerism in its second year by 31%. Now she is helping to drive the bank’s new and comprehensive net zero strategy. 

Kelly joined HSBC after seven years at Toyota Motor North America, where she spearheaded environmental and safety programs that were recognized for having a meaningful impact while greatly improving corporate reputation. In her tenure there she also created Toyota’s first-ever social media giving campaign, called “100 Cars for Good.” Prior to that, she worked for four years at Goldman Sachs, acting as a program manager for Community TeamWorks, the global volunteer program, and overseeing the global internal marketing campaign for that program. 

Kelly currently publishes a series on LinkedIn called “Three Questions…” that highlights HSBC’s most impactful partnerships. In the past, she has held seats on the executive board of Corporate Volunteers of New York and was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2011. She lives in Sunnyside Gardens, Queens with her husband, dog and two-year-old daughter.

Samuel Graham
Principal, Greenbelt Capital Partners 

Samuel Graham  is a Principal of Greenbelt Capital Partners. Samuel is also a Senior Advisor of Trilantic North America, where he was previously a Vice President. Prior to joining Trilantic North America in 2019, he worked as an Associate in the Power Opportunities Group at Oaktree Capital Management and as an Analyst in the Natural Resources Investment Banking Group at UBS. Samuel is currently a CFA charterholder and holds a B.S., cum laude, in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Energy Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Current board positions:

·         AEGIS Hedging Solutions (observer)

·         Powin Energy

·         Unirac

Celine Herweijer
Group Chief Sustainability Officer, HSBC

Dr Celine Herweijer joined HSBC as Group Chief Sustainability Officer in July 2021. She is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy, including a core focus on the bank’s commitment to help transition customers, and society-at-large, to a thriving and inclusive net zero future.

Previously, Dr. Herweijer worked as a partner at PwC, where she held global leadership roles including acting as PwC’s global innovation and sustainability leader. Dr. Herweijer was at the forefront of PwC’s work on sustainability and climate change, advising corporate boards, investors, governments and regulators on climate transition, technology and innovation, ESG and wider sustainability and development issues. Prior to joining PwC in 2009, where she went on to become one of the firm’s youngest partners, Dr Herweijer worked for Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a leading fintech firm focused on risk modelling in insurance and banking, as director of climate change and consulting.

Dr. Herweijer is a World Economic Forum (WEF) young global leader. She has held numerous international advisory board and committee roles on climate change, sustainable finance, biodiversity, resilience, and technology and innovation for the UN, WEF, G20, World Bank, EU and a number of governments. A climate scientist and NASA fellow by training, Dr. Herweijer holds a PhD, MPhil and Masters in Climate Modelling and Policy from Columbia University, New York, and is a visiting senior fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics. She also serves as co-chair of the We Mean Business Coalition, that brings together seven of the leading international sustainability NGOs focused on business and climate change, and is a trustee of BLUE Marine, a leading conservation NGO.

Mark Hillhouse
US Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC

Mark Hillhouse is the US Head of Sustainable Finance at HSBC. Mark works with teams across the US and the globe to support ClimateTech firms, renewable energy developers, and companies looking to reduce their carbon footprints, increase diversity and improve governance. He joined HSBC in San Francisco in 2011, became a team leader in 2014, began focusing on sustainable finance in 2015, and moved to Atlanta to lead the team covering Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi in 2017. Before joining HSBC, Mark led teams at Comerica Bank, worked at GE Capital, and was an officer in the US Air Force. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Santa Clara University. In his spare time Mark enjoys travel and a wide variety of outdoor activities, particularly cycling, kayaking, skiing, and backpacking.

Gerry Keefe
Head of Global Banking, Americas  

Gerry Keefe is head of Global Banking in the Americas region and global head of Structured Finance within HSBC. In this role, he oversees the bank’s corporate and investment banking and capital markets activities across corporate and financial institution clients, private equity, asset managers, multinationals, private investors and public sector clients. As regional head, he is also responsible for leading HSBC’s efforts to support clients’ efforts to achieve their sustainability goals through unique transition solutions and advice. He chairs the Capital Approval Committee for the Americas region and has primary responsibility for balance sheet deployment in support of HSBC clients. Gerry sits on the HSBC USA ExCo and the Global Banking ExCo. He is the Chair to the Banking Americas Executive Committee, Banking Americas Conduct & Culture Committee and the Banking NAM and LAM Risk Oversight Committees. He also sits on the LAM Governance, HNAH Governance and Global Governance Committees.

Gerry is the executive sponsor for Women in Banking (WIB), a series of regional networks to support female progression and retention as well as accelerate the execution of DE&I ambitions in Global Banking. He is also the executive sponsor for the Resource for Employees of African and Caribbean Heritage (REACH), an employee resource group striving to create a more inclusive environment for all HSBC employees.

Prior to joining HSBC in 2021, Gerry had a 14-year career at Citi, including seven years in the Asia-Pacific region with responsibility for the region’s corporate banking efforts across 16 markets and Japan. Prior to moving to Asia, Gerry was in Capital Markets Origination leading the bank’s Global Securitized Products business. In his last role at Citi he was responsible for the bank’s global client coverage effort for the Treasury and Trade Solutions business.

Gerry serves on the board of A Better Chance, the oldest and only non-profit organization of its kind supporting access for high-performing middle and high school students of color to independent day schools, boarding schools and parochial schools. He also serves on the board of the Institute of International Bankers, which ensures that federal and state banking laws and regulations provide international banks operating in the United States with the same competitive opportunities as domestic banking organizations.

Gerry earned an BA from Tulane University in 1993 and a JD from George Washington University School of Law in 1998.

Noel Kinder
Chief Sustainability Officer, NIKE, Inc.

Noel Kinder is Nike’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). As the CSO, Noel leads Global Sustainability, a team committed to protecting our planet to maintain an environment where all athletes can train, live and thrive. Prior to becoming the CSO, Noel was the Vice President of Sustainable Manufacturing and Sourcing, where he was responsible for collaborating with Nike Inc.’s business units, contracted factory leadership, representatives in academia and within the NGO community on the evolution of the company’s sustainable business performance policies.

Noel joined Nike in 1999 and has held a wide range of leadership positions in the footwear and apparel divisions as well as roles in strategic planning and finance. In 2013, Noel became the General Manager of Nike Vietnam LLC, one of Nike’s largest sourcing countries and was responsible for all manufacturing operations. He has worked with a wide range of manufacturers; from textile and apparel production in Sri Lanka and Eastern Europe to footwear manufacturing in Brazil and throughout Asia.

Prior to Nike, Noel held roles that included leadership in several non-profit organizations as well as small, privately-held companies in the United States. He has also served in the United States Peace Corps, spending two years in Honduras. Noel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon and a

Master’s degree in Business from Portland State University. He is fluent in Spanish.

Hans Kobler
Founder and Managing Partner, Energy Impact Partners

Hans Kobler is the Founder and Managing Partner of Energy Impact Partners (EIP), a $3 billion global investment firm custom-built to invest in the energy transition. EIP brings together forward-thinking industrials and climate innovators to help decarbonize the global economy. He is responsible for directing EIP’s overarching investment strategy and leading a global team that invests in multiple asset classes in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Kobler is a 25-year veteran of energy and climate technology investing, and a pioneer of corporate venture capital. He started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company before leading the energy technology group at GE Equity, General Electric’s venture capital arm. Mr. Kobler went on to found and serve as CEO of Digital Power Capital, a venture capital fund focused on advanced power technologies. His entrepreneurial spirit then led him to build and lead ICx Technologies, a leading sensor technology company targeting security, transportation and energy, which he took public on Nasdaq in 2007. He launched EIP in 2015 on the premise of advancing climate innovation through collaboration.

Mr. Kobler holds a Master of Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich with distinction, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and attended INSEAD’s MBA (SS) program. He lives in New York with his wife and three daughters.

Joshua Linder
Senior Credit Analyst & Lead Sustainability Research for Fixed Income, APG Asset Management US Inc.

Joshua Linder is a Senior Credit Analyst and Lead Sustainability Research for Fixed Income at APG Asset Management US Inc. Joshua is responsible for conducting fundamental credit analysis and making investment recommendations across a range of sectors in both investment grade, high yield, and leveraged loans. With his extensive background in sustainable finance, he also helps drive the implementation of APG’s Responsible Investment Policy, with a focus on ESG integration in fixed income and continuing APG’s leadership in the green, social, and sustainability bond market. 

Prior to joining APG in 2017, Joshua worked at Calvert Investment Management for six years, most recently as a Portfolio Manager. In this role he was responsible for managing several equity and multi-asset funds, and developed expertise in ESG investing frameworks across asset classes. He also co-authored several white papers focused on integrating ESG factors into credit analysis and quantitative equity research processes. Before Calvert, Joshua spent two years at The D.E. Shaw Group. Joshua holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations form Cornell University and received a Master’s in Public Policy from American University with a concentration in quantitative research methods. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York CFA Society.

Roger Martella
Chief Sustainability Officer, The General Electric Company

Roger Martella is Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer for the General Electric Company. In this role, Roger coordinates GE’s mission-critical focus on contributing technology and innovation to the global challenges of the energy transition and climate change, the future of sustainable flight, and precision health. Prior to GE, Roger co-led Sidley Austin LLP’s tier 1 ranked global environmental law and climate change practices. Prior to Sidley, Roger was General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, and the Principal Counsel for Complex Litigation for the Justice Department’s Natural Resources Section. Roger teaches a first of its kind International Environmental Law and Justice class at Howard University Law School. 

Roger has co-authored and edited four books on the intersections of climate change law, international environmental law, human rights, and ESG, including the recently published Corporate Social Responsibility—Sustainable Business: Environmental, Social and Governance Frameworks for the 21st Century (Wolters Kluwer 2020), and has addressed the United Nations, Congress, and other entities on these topics on many occasions. Several ranking organizations have awarded Roger their top ratings and hall of fame recognitions for environmental and climate change law globally and in the United States. He is a member of the Commission on Foreign Relations and an active board member of the Environmental Law Institute, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and several environmental NGOs, energy think tanks, and “intrapreneurship” organizations and serves on the executive council of both the International Bar Association’s and ABA’s environmental sections, where he promoted and helped draft recent presidential-level climate resolutions.

Roger graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was editor in chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and Cornell University. He grew up in Norristown, PA, where his family ran a corner Italian bakery. 

Tony Masone
Vice President, Treasurer
Amazon

Tony leads Amazon’s Treasury and Enterprise Risk Management organization, overseeing the teams responsible for Cash Management, Trading & Investments, Capital Markets, Control, Global Risk Management, Global Claims Management, Internal Audit, Denied Party Screening, and Treasury & Risk Technology. Prior to joining Amazon, Tony worked at General Electric for 17 years, managing treasury functions for commercial real estate, commercial finance, and global banking before being promoted to Industrial Treasurer, where he oversaw treasury functions for GE’s seven largest operating units: aviation, medical, power, gas & oil, rail, appliances, and lighting. He has also worked at KPMG Peat Marwick, PepsiCo, Air Express International, and Kraft Foods Group.

Tony takes a modern approach to Treasury and Enterprise Risk Management, and is passionate about creating new technology that reduces repetitive manual tasks and promotes automated, scalable processes and innovation. Tony has a BS in Accounting from Roger Williams University and a MBA from the University of New Haven. When he’s not building the digital Treasury and Enterprise Risk Management organization of the future, you can find him refereeing soccer for disabled youth, cooking Italian feasts for his family, and trying to keep his chocolate lab Gatsby from interrupting his video calls.

Anoushka Mehta
Head of ESG Banking, Americas, HSBC

Anoushka is Head of ESG Banking, Americas at HSBC. In this role she works with HSBC’s clients across sectors to develop solutions to achieve their sustainability goals. She also founded and continues to lead Gender Lens Finance. Anoushka sits on HSBC’s Sustainable Finance committee.   

Anoushka joined HSBC in 2013 and has held a number of roles in both New York and London.     

She founded HSBC’s ‘Coaching Circles’, an internal mentorship program now being rolled out globally and is on the US Exec Committee of BALANCE, HSBC’s Gender Equality group.  

Anoushka currently serves as a Global Board Member for Women for Women International.  

Anoushka has been featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Finance and  INvolve/Yahoo Finance Top 100 Future Female Leader lists.

Paul Mulé
SVP, Finance and Head of Corporate Development
Arcadia Power, Inc.

Paul Mulé is currently the SVP, Finance and Head of Corporate Development at Arcadia Power, Inc. In this role, he leads all traditional Corp Fin/Corp Dev efforts including Capital formation (debt & equity), M&A, Board/Investor Relations and Corporate Sustainability.

Prior to Arcadia, Paul spent ~15 years in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking division, focusing on the Tech, Media & Communications verticals. Over a decade of his time was spent in the Equity Capital Markets Group. In this role, Mr. Mulé worked with venture, financial sponsor and corporate clients to raise both private and public capital. Mr. Mulé was involved in a number of noteworthy private and public equity transactions, including bookrun initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and equity private placement transactions for Match Group, Chewy, T-Mobile, Altice USA, Datadog, Ceridian, Duck Creek, JAMF Software, Fiverr, Tencent Music, Hasbro, Farfetch, Lions Gate, Zynga, Netflix, Pandora, and SeaWorld, among others. Prior to joining ECM, Paul spent 3+ years in an IB Credit role, assessing the corporate credit quality of TMT clients in the context of leverage buyout, M&A, restructuring, recapitalization and other transactions.

Mr. Mulé earned a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

Heike Reichelt
Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance
World Bank Treasury

Heike Reichelt is a Manager in the World Bank Treasury and Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance. The World Bank Treasury manages the funding programs for the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), and the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). Her team is responsible for managing relationships with bond investors, rating agencies and the financial media, and supporting sustainable finance in the bond markets. This includes developing products to raise awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through World Bank Sustainable Development Bonds and for climate change mitigation and adaptation through World Bank Green Bonds. Heike also manages outreach to the sustainable and impact investing community and works with other issuers and market participants to encourage the growth of sustainable capital markets focused on making a long-term positive social and environmental impact. She has 20+ years of experience in finance – including as an engagement manager for the World Bank Treasury’s Reserves Advisory Management Partnership Program for central banks and in the areas of export finance and capital markets, during her career at KfW, the largest German development bank. Heike was recognized for her role in building sustainable capital markets as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Joan Bavaria Award.

Camila Sarmiento
Research Analyst

Camila Sarmiento joined HSBC in July 2019, and is an ESG analyst based in NY. As part of the HSBC graduate program, she previously worked with the equities team covering the LatAm infrastructure and transportation sectors. Camila holds a B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Science with a concentration in Economics from Cornell University.

Shamina Singh
Founder & President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Executive Vice President of Sustainability at Mastercard

For more than 20 years, Shamina Singh has been on the front line of developing and implementing solutions to make the global economy work for everyone, everywhere. Shamina is the founder and president of the Center for Inclusive Growth, the social impact hub of Mastercard. She also serves as executive vice president of Sustainability and is a member of the company’s Management Committee.

Since 2014, she has led the Center with a remit to leverage Mastercard’s data, technology, capital and expertise for social impact. In her role as executive vice president for Sustainability, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the environmental, social and governance strategy across the company, including linking ESG metrics to compensation for all employees.

In 2018, Mastercard created the Mastercard Impact Fund with an initial $500 million investment. Shamina was named president and charged with activating those philanthropic dollars to advance inclusive growth and financial inclusion around the world. Her leadership has contributed to Mastercard’s global leadership and reputation of doing well by doing good.

Currently, she sits on the boards of ADL, a global anti-hate organization, and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas. She serves on the advisory boards of several organizations, including Data and Society, The Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellowship, and the New York Department of Financial Services Innovation Advisory Board. She has been named to the Financial Times Top 100 LGBT+ Executives and Fast Company’s Queer 50 lists.

Deeply committed to public service, Shamina has held senior positions in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives. Shamina was executive director for the historic first President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which was created by executive order in 1999 and has been renewed by each president since. In 2015, Shamina was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a six-year term on the Board of AmeriCorps, a $1 billion independent agency that places over 270,000 volunteers with social sector organizations across the U.S. She served as chair for two years.

Shamina is a lifelong learner who has studied at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and the Indian School of Business. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. She received the alumni of distinction award from both institutions. Shamina is also a Henry Crown Fellow with The Aspen Institute.

Dr. Ricaurte Vásquez
Administrator, Panama Canal

Dr. Vásquez is a Panamanian economist with an extensive and successful professional career of 40 years in the government sector and in private companies, with roles in finance, economics and administrative management. He was appointed Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority for a seven-year period starting September 2019.

In the field of public administration, he has held prominent positions, including as Minister of Finance and Treasury, Minister of Planning and Economic Policy, as well as Minister of Economy and Finance in 2004. He was the first non-US Chief Financial Officer for the Panama Canal and later Deputy Administrator and President of the Board of Directors. In the private sector, his experience covers banking at Chase Manhattan Bank and mining with Rio Tinto Zinc in the development of the Cerro Colorado copper project. More recently at General Electric, Dr. Vásquez had regional responsibilities and oversaw Gas-to-Power initiatives in Latin America, retiring in 2015, to carry out his professional practice with SIGMA Management Advisors Corp.

Dr. Vásquez holds a PhD and MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic, a ME from North Carolina State University and a BS in Mathematics from Villanova. He has been a professor of Economics and Finance in Panama and abroad. His professional experience is complemented as a university professor of Economics at Florida State University, at its headquarters in Panama.

Michelle Zhu
CEO & Co-founder, Huue

Michelle Zhu is CEO & Co-founder of Huue, a Fast Company World Changing Idea Honoree and 2021 TIME Best Invention— uses biotechnology to create the world’s most sustainable dyes for the industries that are shaping the future. Huue’s bio-based technology mirrors how color is produced in the natural world, resulting in sustainable dyes that are just as effective as conventional — without the environmental impact and toxic chemicals.

With a family background in apparel and career in business operations and strategy, Michelle leads all aspects of Huue’s operations, finance, and business development efforts, in partnership with Huue’s Chief Scientific Officer and inventor of the technology Dr. Tammy Hsu. Michelle has been recognized as a 2021 Inc Female Founder, a 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30, and a 2022 Entrepreneur Woman of Influence. Michelle received her BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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